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Living in Wisconsin

Wisconsin - America's Dairyland

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Wisconsin

Wisconsin USA Map
Wisconsin USA Map

Nicknamed "America's Dairy Land", the Badger state of Wisconsin is professional football's smallest city any football team calls home, however their fans are generally the most loyal, along with being some of the largest in the NFL. Wisconsin is big in many other things too. It’s the largest dairy products producer in the nation, along with being one of the larger paper along with paper-product producers in the entire world. And none of these things hamper the Wisconsin-type local festivals where bratwurst,, beats and beer will let your heart sing!

The urban development in Wisconsin has come far since the days miners lived below ground which earned Wisconsin The Badger State. nickname, There’s Madison, a large college town and also the state capital, Appleton, where the Great Houdini called home at onetime. and there's Milwaukee, featuring an interesting mix of Victorian, Art Deco and Neoclassical architecture. Sports fans will take pleasure in Green Bay, featuring its renowned football team, You’ll have much to choose from when searching for a new spot to live.

Climate

Wyoming summers are warm with July high temperatures averaging between 85 and 95 °F in most of the state. As elevations increase, however, this average drops rapidly with locations higher than 9,000 feet averaging around 70 °F. Summer nights throughout the state are characterized by a rapid cooling while even the hottest locations averaging in the 50–60 °F range at night. In most of the state, the majority of rainfall tends to come in the late spring and early summer. Winters are cold, but are variable with periods of sometimes extreme cold interspersed between generally mild periods, with Chinook winds delivering unusually warm temperatures in some locations. Wyoming is a dry state with much of the land receiving less than 10 inches of rainfall per year.

Demography

  • Wisconsin Geography, Facts and History
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  • Wisconsin Flags
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  • Wisconsin Timeline
  • Wisconsin Official Song
  • Education

    Wisconsin Colleges. Wisconsin, along with Minnesota and Michigan, was among the leaders of the Midwest in the emerging American state university movement after the Civil War in the United States. At the beginning of the 20th century, the state spoke out for the "Wisconsin Idea," which emphasized service to the people of the state. The "Wisconsin Idea" illustrated the progressive movement in the colleges and universities of that time.

    Today, public post-secondary education in Wisconsin includes both the 26-campus Wisconsin University System, with the flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the 16-campus Wisconsin Technical College System

    Economy

    Mineral extraction, travel and tourism sector are the main drivers behind Wyoming's economy. The federal government owns about 50% of its landmass, while 6% is controlled by the state.

    Flora and Fauna

    Wisconsin State Flower - Wood Violet
    Wisconsin State Flower - Wood Violet
    Common trees of Wisconsin include four oaks—bur, black, white, and red—along with black cherry and hickory. Jack, red, and white pine, yellow birch, eastern hemlock, mountain maple, moosewood, and leatherwood grow in the north, with black spruce, black ash, balsam fir, and tamarack concentrated in the northern lowlands. Characteristic of southern Wisconsin's climax forests are sugar maple (the state tree), white elm, basswood, and ironwood, with silver maple, black willow, silver birch, and cottonwood on low, moist land. Prairies are thick with grasses; bogs and marshes are home to white and jack pines and jack oak. Forty-five varieties of orchid have been identified, as well as 20 types of violet, including the wood violet (the state flower). In 2003, six plant species were threatened, including the eastern prairie fringed orchid, prairie bush-clover, dwarf lake iris, Pitcher's thistle, Fassett's locoweed, and northern wild monkshood.

    White-tailed deer, black bear, woodchuck, snowshoe hare, chipmunk, and porcupine are mammals typical of forestlands. The striped skunk, red and gray foxes, and various mice are characteristic of upland fields while wetlands harbor such mammals as the muskrat, mink, river otter, and water shrew. The badger, dwelling in grasslands and semi-open areas, is rarely seen today. Game birds include the ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, Hungarian partridge, and ruffed grouse; among 336 bird species native to Wisconsin are 42 kinds of waterfowl and 6 types of shorebird that are also hunted. Reptiles include 23 varieties of snake, 13 types of turtle, and 4 kinds of lizard. Muskellunge (the state fish), northern pike, walleye, and brook trout are native to Wisconsin waterways.

    In 2003, nine animal species were listed as threatened or endangered in Wisconsin, including the bald eagle, Kirtland's warbler, Karner blue butterfly, Hine's emerald dragonfly, Higgins' eye pearlymussel, piping plover, and gray wolf. The Bureau of Endangered Resources in the Department of Natural Resources develops programs designed to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered flora and fauna.

  • Wisconsin State Bird (American Robin)
  • Wisconsin Official State Flower (Wood violet)
  • Wisconsin Official State Tree (Sugar Maple)
  • Government

    Wisconsin State Capitol
    Wisconsin State Capitol
    The Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison, Wisconsin, houses both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature along with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor. Completed in 1917, the building is the fifth to serve as the Wisconsin capitol since the first territorial legislature convened in 1836 and the third building since Wisconsin was granted statehood in 1848. The Wisconsin State Capitol is the tallest building in Madison, a distinction that has been preserved by legislation that prohibits buildings taller than the columns surrounding the dome (187 feet). The Capitol is located at the southwestern end of the Madison Isthmus. The streets surrounding the building form the Capitol Square, which is home to many restaurants and shops.

    There are six elected state officers: governor and lieutenant governor (elected jointly), secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction. Since 1970, all have been elected for four-year terms. The governor and lieutenant governor must be qualified voters; there are no additional residency requirements. I As the chief executive officer, the governor exercises authority by the power of appointment, by presenting a budget bill and major addresses to the legislature, and by the power to veto bills and call special legislative sessions. Of 15 administrative departments in the executive branch, two—the Department of Justice and the Department of Public Instruction—are headed by the attorney general and the superintendent of public instruction, respectively.

    Voters must be US citizens, at least 18 years old, and must have resided in the state for at least 10 days before the election. Registration is not required. (The residency requirement is waived in voting for US president and vice-president.) Restrictions apply to those convicted of certain crimes and to those judged by the court as mentally incompetent to vote.

  • State of Wisconsin Official Government Website
  • Attractions

    Bordered by Lakes Michigan and Superior, Wisconsin offers diverse landscapes, which are a delight to explore. To the north and west are large expanses of hills that are perfect for hiking and mountain biking, and areas of lowlands to the south and east have proven excellent for dairy farming. While many of Wisconsin's top cultural attractions are in its two largest cities, Madison and Milwaukee, smaller communities like Spring Green, home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Taliesin, are worth exploring. The state also offers many exceptional cultural activities and events, too, from the huge Oshkosh Airshow to Milwaukee's popular Summerfest. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from great fishing and boating, as well as some of the best hiking and biking trails to be found anywhere in the country.

    Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse
    Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse
    Lighthouses in Wisconsin - Lighthouses in the state of Wisconsin as identified by the United States Coast Guard and other historical sources. There is only one active light in the state, though another has been replaced by a skeleton tower; a third still stands but is inactive. The rest have all been destroyed.
  • Wisconsin Department of Tourism
  • Amusement Parks

    Bay Beach Amusement Park, Green Bay
    Knucklehead's Bowling & Family Entertainment, Wisconsin Dells
    Little Amerricka, Marshall
    Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, Wisconsin Dells
    Riverside Amusement Park, La Crosse
    Riverview Park & Waterworld, Wisconsin Dells
    Timbavatvi Wildlife Park/Storybook Gardens, Wisconsin Dells
    Timber Falls Adventure Park, Wisconsin Dells

    National Parks

    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, WI
    Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Madison, WI
    North Country National Scenic Trail, Seven States-New York to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI
    Saint Croix, National Scenic Riverway, Saint Croix Falls, WI,MN

    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

    National Forests

    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - 1,523,704 acres
      here are 2,020 lakes, 440 spring ponds, and 347,000 acres of wetlands in this National Forest. There are also 493 miles of non-motorized trails, 292 miles of motorized trails, and 9,000 miles of roads alongside five wilderness areas

    Sports

    Wisconsin is represented by major league teams in three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Lambeau Field, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is home to the National Football League's Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been part of the NFL since the league's second season in 1921 and hold the record for the most NFL titles, earning the city of Green Bay the nickname "Titletown USA". The Packers are the smallest city franchise in the NFL and the only one owned by shareholders statewide. The franchise was founded by "Curly" Lambeau who played and coached for them. The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful small-market professional sports franchises in the world and have won 13 NFL championships, including the first two AFL-NFL Championship games (Super Bowls I and II), Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XLV. The state's support of the team is evidenced by the 81,000-person waiting list for season tickets to Lambeau Field

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  • Taxes

    Wisconsin Tax Facts
    • Income tax: 4% - 7.65%
    • Sales tax: 5% - 5.6%
    • Property tax: 1.95% average effective rate
    • Gas tax: 32.9 cents per gallon of regular gasoline and diesel

    Transportation

    Aviation

    General Mitchell International Airport
    General Mitchell International Airport Image by Engberg Anderson Architects 
    Wisconsin Airports. Milwaukee is home to two airports, General Mitchell International Airport and Timmerman Airport. As an international airport, General Mitchell Airport connects passengers with domestic and international cities, and Timmerman Airport offers private, charter flights that connect with the country's small towns. Both Wisconsin airports offer services designed to make traveling in the Milwaukee area more efficient.

    General Mitchell International Airport (mitchellairport.com), MKE Airport Code, is a 60-gate hall located just south of downtown Milwaukee, with an average of nearly 10 million passengers per year. It shares its host of gates in three concourses, each with security checkpoints. Serving 42 US cities with nonstop flight service, it is easily accessible from Interstate 94.

    General Mitchell International Airport offers a variety of amenities and services, including paid Wi-Fi, Concourse C and D children's playgrounds, meeting rooms, on-site banks and a selection of retail outlets and restaurants. MKE offers a range of ground transportation options, including shuttle and car rental agencies, conveniently located next to the baggage claim area. In addition, MKE offers occasional training courses to help airmen overcome their fear of flying.

    Port of Milwaukee
    Port of Milwaukee

    Ports and Harbors

    From sophisticated cities to quaint fishing villages, Wisconsin’s harbor towns feature a unique smorgasbord of outdoor recreation, museums, shopping, arts, dining and relaxing scenery.

    Rail

    Amtrak provides daily passenger rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee. It also provides cross-country service via the Empire Builder with station stops in several cities in Wisconsin.

    Roads

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is responsible for planning, building and maintaining the state's highways. Eight Interstate Highways are located in the state.

    Wisconsin Housing

    The median home value in Wisconsin is $181,800. Wisconsin home values have gone up 6.4% over the past year and  predictions are they will rise 3.2% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Wisconsin is $135. The median price of homes currently listed in Wisconsin is $203,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $181,200. The median rent price in Wisconsin is $1,200.
    Wisconsin Association of Realtors
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    Wisconsin Cities & Towns

    Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties with 190 cities 1,260 towns, and 402 villages Frequently a village or city may have the same name as a town. The largest city is Milwaukee with a population of 594,833, while the smallest village is Windsor with a population of 61.
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